BEIJING, China: It’s been a rough couple of years for Jamaican sprinting superstar Yohan Blake who suffered two serious injuries in as many years. But, his manager Cubie Seegobin is extremely confident that the 2011 world 100-metre champion will return to his best. Blake has suffered from hamstring issues over the past couple seasons but has been working his way back this year and recently closed his season after competing in seven 100m races and a single 200m outing without issue. Seegobin noted that the 25-year-old has matured as an athlete due to his experiences with the injuries and remains determined to get back to the form that saw him becoming the youngest ever world 100m champion and the second-fastest man in the world in both the 100 metres and 200 metres with times of 9.69 and 19.26, respectively. The manager also believes that Blake showed enough in his races this season to suggest that he will be ready to come back much stronger for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “He had fully recovered from the first injury suffered in 2013 and last year he was back doing well and then he got the injury that involved having a procedure done on the tendon. But, I think the last couple of races have really set him up for next year, because I think he is now over the mental part of the recovery,” Seegobin told the Sunday Gleaner. “Unfortunately, he didn’t have the base that he would normally have because he wasn’t able to train as fully as he wanted to. But, the times that he has run in the last six weeks speaks volumes to the talent and ability that he has. He is able to post times of 10.12 and 10.20 in that range in some really poor conditions,” added Seegobin, who also manages Warren Weir and several other high-profile athletes. “These races were very important for him because they set him up for next year. I think he is going to start training from September 1 ahead of next year and I think we will see the old Yohan. I am 300 per cent convinced that he will be back to his old self,” Seegobin assured. “I think it will be a better Yohan Blake in the sense that he is more mature after what he has been through. I think he totally understands. He had a lot of success at a young age and maybe people expected a lot from him. Though he delivered, these athletes do get hurt at some point in their career,” said Seegobin. “But, he is matured now and he totally understands what it takes to get back.” “I can tell you that after being in this business for 40 plus years, I have never met an athlete with the work ethic that Yohan has. His work ethic is unbelievable and it’s probably to his detriment because when he should be resting, he is working. If he would just train like coach wants him to train and go home and rest then it would be fine. But, he goes home and he does additional things that he wants to do and that gets him in trouble. But, I’ve never met an athlete in my 40 years with his drive and we will certainly see him back to his best soon,” Cubie added. MORE MATURE
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TREVOR ‘Cassidy’ Webb Jr departed the island yesterday, beaming with pride and bursting with anticipation after being called as a junior to Jamaica’s combined martial arts team for Sunday’s four-nation tournament in the Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiysk. Webb Jr, 17, is a standout for Calabar High School in the McKay Security High School Jamaica Taekwondo Association League. He is the second junior to have ever been called to the combined team, emulating captain Nicholas Dusard. “It was a big surprise for me,” Webb Jr said on Monday. “I didn’t know I could have reached so far. The training, preparing for Russia, it was a lot of training, trust me. “I worked hard and I expect great results,” added the former Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association fighter, now carrying the flag of father Trevor Webb Sr’s Jamaica Taekwon-Do Academy. After twice beating Dusard in points sparring at local tournaments, six-footer Webb was drafted by former combined team captain, Jason McKay, for this weekend’s international in Russia. The Jamaicans are down to face hosts Russia, Germany and Greece, fighting on invitation of the All Russian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation. McKay said he is expecting Webb Jr, a second degree black belt, to be at his best in Russia with a bit of tweaking. STYLE OF FIGHTING “His preparation has been going well. He comes as a talented fighter, well-trained. His particular style of fighting is more counter-attacking, we’re working on his legs and getting him to be more attacking,” McKay pointed out. “It is the hardest training ever. I train and cry, literally. At times I feel like I can’t move my legs after training. It’s mostly the anaerobic side of training. You don’t get to breathe so when you’re in a fight you can go continuously for two minutes without stopping. That’s the combined team training. It is very hard,” Webb Jr explained. “I am looking forward to win in Russia, so I can return and train for the ITF Pan-Am Games in Canada,” he added.
Much has been said in support of and opposing the recently appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coach Phil Simmons. The Trinidadian assumed the mantle following the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in March. He had, before that, worked in a similar capacity with Ireland, where his work was duly recognised with good reports. Noted was his ability to positively influence his players. His recent charge was that he had publicly commented on matters taken from the selection room meeting called to name the West Indies squad for the Sri Lanka tour, now in session. While declaring his failed attempts to have Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard enplaned for the ODI games, he went a few steps further. As it was reported, while claiming that he was not given the “best 50-over ODI squad”, he went on to blame “interference from outside”. In this columnist’s view, the former swashbuckling Test opener put his foot deeper in his mouth’ by revealing information that should have been left within the confines of the meeting room. It spoke to the matter that not only by him, but, Bravo and Pollard were supported by Clive Lloyd, the chairman of selectors, as well as West Indies Test and ODI , Jason Holder. Wrong move Chambers responded, “Phil Simmons was wrong. Most definitely unethical for him to breach the selection code of conduct. He was outvoted by the majority in a democratic process and should, therefore, accept the decision, as required by the selection policy. For him to have addressed the media that the strongest team was not selected by the exclusion of Bravo and Pollard, and to name the selectors who opposed their selection, was a betrayal of trust and confidentiality.” It was a view chock-full of the principles the Jamaican cricketing fraternity had come to expect from the former administrator. Chambers, always clothed in admirable dignity and decency, had, as a young batsman, caught the eye of the great Renford Pinnock in a trial match for national selection. In it he demonstrated his potential and class when scoring an eye-catching 70 against the likes of pacers Rudy Cohen and one of the best Wes Hall, who was coaching in Jamaica at the time. He had harsher words for Simmons, showing a preference for a former coach. “He should be relieved of the coaching job permanently with Gus Logie the best individual suited for the job replacing him.” The outcome is eagerly awaited. – For feedback: e-mail [email protected] Selectors outed The understandably irate Simmons explained, too, that Lloyd and himself were outvoted 3-2 in the selection process. The three other selectors are Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne, and Eldine Baptiste. So, in effect, Simmons blew the cover of those three as the Bravo/Pollard selection dissenters. For his public outburst, frowned on by his employers, the WICB, he was suspended. Baptiste took his position to be interim coach in Sri Lanka. A hearing will follow. Foster’s Fairplay, despite recognising and appreciating Simmons’ sentiment of the best team to be made available, cannot give the wink to such utterances when they are made in public. Journalists have been known to make their breakout on leaks and this columnist has benefited in the past. This, in no way can justify what the now-suspended coach has done. There must be some sanctity afforded to what is held in private. To ignore that would be a serious breach of simply the right thing. There is always juicy “suss” to which many are drawn. It provides a type of crackers and salt fish that go with a social drinking lyme. However, it is against acceptable tenets and ideals of proper governance, especially when it comes from an area which is so dear to the hearts of the people – West Indies cricket. Thoughts were sought from a highly respected by many, former Jamaica first-class player, a guide to and confidant of many young cricketers over time. Leonard Chambers, affectionately known and respected as ‘Skipper Len’, ‘Vijay’ or just simply ‘Manage’, was this writer’s sounding board.
Track superstars, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, headline a stellar cast of five men and eight women nominated for the 55th annual RJR Sports Foundation’s 2015 National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards.Sports persons from seven categories will be up for awards on January 15, 2016, where the winners will be named.Bolt has won the main award on five occasions while Fraser-Pryce has won it twice.Bolt was the outstanding male athlete at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4×100 metres.Fraser-Pryce won the 100m at the World Championships in a brilliant 10.76 and also anchored the 4x100m team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds.The other male nominees are Fedrick Dacres for his discus gold at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto and coming seventh in the final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing; World Championships 110m hurdles silver medallist Hansle Parchment; shot putter O’Dayne Richards, who won bronze in Beijing; and Pan American Games 200m silver-medal winner Rasheed Dwyer.other nomineesIn the women’s category, the other nominees are boxer Alicia Ashley, who regained the WBC World Super Bantamweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Irish Boxer Christina McMahon; swimmer Alia Atkinson, who set a national record 30.11 seconds in taking silver in the 50 metres backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia; World 100 meters hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams; Veronica Campbell Brown, who earned bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a season best of 21.97 and also ran on the winning 4x100m relay team; Shericka Jackson, who earned an individual bronze in the 400m and gold in the 4x400m; World 200m silver medallist and 4x100m gold-medal winner Elaine Thompson and Sherone Simpson, who won gold in the 100m at the Pan Am Games in Canada in a season best 10.95 seconds, her fastest time in seven years.Michael Fennell, Jamaica Olympics Association president and chairman of the selection committee, praised the outstanding performers of 2015 at yesterday’s press launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.In defending those nominated, Fennell told The Gleaner: “Those are the people who have been preparing for the Rio (2016 Olympics). The only one outside of that would be Alicia (Ashley), who is a professional boxer, but these are the people who have been fine-tuning for Rio and it was a fantastic year for those people.”Gary Allen chairman, RJR Sports Foundation; Ingrid Card, vice-president group marketing and public relations at Sagicor Life; Christopher Denny, vice-president distribution Victoria Mutual; and Sean Latty, chief operating officer Digicel Jamaica Limited, also spoke at yesterday’s launch.Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, will be the guest speaker at January’s awards function.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Jamaica and hosts Barbados carved out contrasting wins to remain unbeaten in the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Youth Championship here Tuesday.While the Jamaicans edged out a determined St Lucia 25-24, Barbados romped to a comfortable 31-12 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Netball Stadium, on the outskirts of the city.The results left Jamaica and Barbados on course for title-deciding clash on for tomorrow’s final day of the competition.The junior Sunshine Girls were forced to battle against the St Lucians and held narrow leads of 6-4 after the first quarter and 12-10 at half-time.St Lucia, however, fought back in the third quarter to tie the scores at 16, heading into the decisive final quarter.Jamaica were led by goal shoot Lori Daley, who dominated the final quarter to finish with 12 goals from 13 attempts overall, while goal shoot Denay Thomas was a perfect eight from eight.For St Lucia, goal attack Megan Nestor tallied 19 goals from 20 attempts.Barbados, meanwhile, had no such competition, as they raced to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 15-6 advantage at half-time. The hosts again dominated the third quarter to lead 22-9 heading into the final quarter where they easily put the game to bed.MORE GOALSThey were propelled by goal shoot Tower Lord, who shot 22 from 30, while goal attack Brianna Holder chipped in with nine from 14.T&T were carried by goal attack Kadeemah Herbert, who totalled eight from 13 attempts.In other games played Tuesday, Dominica trounced Antigua and Barbuda 36-14 behind goal shoot Celena Langlaise’s 24 from 35 attempts, while Grenada easily got past Bermuda 34-19, thanks to Carlene Alexander’s 31 from 38 attempts.Jamaica and Barbados have won four straight and both have 20 points, with St Lucia in third on 12 points.
The battle for the boys’ crown at the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships is going down to the wire. A massive 38 points Kingston College lead, after Thursday’s third day, evaporated on day four and the title is now up for grabs on today’s final day. KC were predicted to lead by 21 points going today’s fifth and final day at the National Stadium but that advantage is now only seven and all the momentum is with Calabar. KC lead the standings with 139 points with Calabar on 132. The top eight is completed by Jamaica College on 98, St Jago High 69, St Elizabeth Technical 40, Wolmer’s Boys 39, Petersfield High 31 and Rusea’s High 16. KC suffered a massive blow in the sprints when Jhevaughn Matherson sustained an injury in winning his Class One 100 metres semi-final. He reported for the final but was disqualified after a false-start. More salt was rubbed into KC’s wounds when arch-rivals Calabar took maximum points in the event. Michael Stephens won in 10.41 seconds with Tyreke Wilson taking silver in 10.52. The bronze medal went to Washington Brown of Cornwall College in 10.58. The Class Two boys 1500 metres lived up to its billing. Calabar’s Kevroy Venson produced a terrific stretch run to upstage KC’s Ugandan athlete Aryamanya Rodgers to win in a record 3:55.28. Venson shattered the previous mark of 3:57.28, which was set by Keenan Lawrence of St Jago last year. Rodgers, the favoutite going into the event, also went below the old mark as he took second in 3:57.02. Venson’s teammate Kimar Farquharson was third in 4:00.13. Venson was delighted with the record. “I feel good about breaking the record. I knew that I would do it because my coach just told me to go out and do my best and so I went out and executed my race,” said Venson. “I wasn’t worried about him (Rodgers). I knew that I could have beaten him because I trained hard and I am very confident person,” Venson said. Rusea’s Ackeen Colley captured the Class One equivalent in 3:53.27. Calabar’s Javon-Taye Williams was second in 3:54.21 while St Elizabeth Technical’s Shemar Salmon took third in 3:65.30. Calabar had another fine one-two in Class Three long jump. Ncholloyd Brown won with a leap of 6.65m ahead of his teammate Jorfan Turner (6.60m) and Eniola Johnson of Ardenne (6.27m). Wolmer’s Jeremy Farr captured the first ever Class Two 400m hurdles final in 51.44. Calabar’s pair of Nicquaine Henry (53.42) and Andre Leslie (52.62) were second and third respectively. KC’s Giovouni Henry won the Class Three 1500m final in 4:17.52 while his twin brother Gianni was third in 4:18.32. St Elizabeth Technical’s David Martin took second in 4:18.07.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Captain Jason Holder says the first hour on today’s fourth day will be critical and has urged his batsmen to apply themselves, as West Indies look to set up a series-levelling victory in the second Test. The hosts ended day three of the Kensington Oval contest on 40 for one in their second innings, still 41 runs away from cancelling out Pakistan’s first innings lead. But with the pitch becoming increasingly difficult for run-scoring and Pakistan expected to employ a trial by spin, Holder warned that the Windies fortunes now rested heavily on the batting group. “We’ve obviously got to make use of the first hour,” the all-rounder told a media conference. “Similar to what Pakistan did to us today, we’ve got to do to them … make sure we see of that first hour and it’s important that (Shimron) Hetmyer and Kraigg (Brathwaite) do that for us and make sure they solidify the innings, set it up nicely for us in the back end. “I believe it’s a tough pitch to score on. Most batsmen that made runs on the pitch had to graft and really fight hard for their runs so I don’t think it’s going to change much. The pitch may probably deteriorate a little bit more and become difficult to score.” West Indies did well to limit Pakistan to 393 all out in their first innings, after the visitors resumed the day on 172 for three. Opener Azhar Ali converted his overnight unbeaten 81 into 105 while captain Misbah-ul-Haq made 99 after starting the day on seven. With 14 overs left to navigate in the final session, the Windies lost Kieran Powell cheaply for nine but the 20-year-old left-handed Hetmyer hit four fours in a 34-ball unbeaten 22 to push back the Pakistan bowlers. Holder said erasing the deficits and building a lead was crucial and stressed the importance of the top order standing up. “The first priority is to get a lead, put some runs on the board for Pakistan to chase,” he noted. “The way the pitch is playing and if it deteriorates a little bit more, probably anything in excess of 175 would be good for us and give ourselves chance and time to bowl Pakistan out. “But first we’ve got to set it up in the morning. We’ve got to make use of that first session. It’s important that Kraigg and Hetmyer carry it for us as far down as possible and if one of the top four batsmen can get a hundred that will put us in good stead.” He continued: “What we’ve got to do is take our scoring options as they come. You have to graft. The pitch is not a free-scoring surface that you can come in and play strokes so any opportunity we get to put the ball away, we must maximise that and make use of every bad ball. “They rely heavily on the two spinners and we expect that. There’s a lot of rough there especially for the left-handers so they have to be extra cautious playing out of the rough but [each batsman needs to] come up with a pretty decent game plan and look to capitalise on any bad balls that are presented.”
Arnett Gardens and Humble Lion will have to wait another day for the playing of their Red Stripe Premier League return leg semi-final match, which was postponed yesterday due to heavy rains at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.The game, which started 30 minutes late, was called off by FIFA referee Valdin Legister 10 minutes after kick-off with the score locked at nil all. The ball could not roll properly on the surface, and this led to the end of play. Organisers said that they would announce a date for the replay shortly.Another issue arose before kick-off as both teams came to the venue prepared to play in red socks. League regulations do not permit opposing teams to wear socks of the same colour. However, this was solved when Arnett were given green pairs.ACT OF NATUREArnett came into the return game with a 2-1 advantage, following their victory in the first leg a week ago at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town, Kingston.Arnett Gardens head coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite described the postponement as an act of nature and said that his team would go back to training to prepare once more for the Donovan Duckie-coached Humble Lion.”It’s nature, nothing! We have to just live with it. We will have to be ready for the game,” Waite told The Gleaner.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ #KicksStalker: LeBron uncorks ‘Silver Bullet’ “When we’re opponents, we’re opponents, But we know [the Letran players] are good. Here, we’re teammates, so it’s really different for us,” Bolick said. “But this game showed us how smart they are on the court because they were able to adjust. I’m so happy that I was able to have fun playing with them.”Being on the same team was also an eye-opener for players from the two rival schools.“We know that when we’re facing them, they won’t back down. But it really surprised me that when you’re with them, they’re really kind,” said Bolick.“We’re just rivals on the court. Outside the court, we’re all friends,” Nambatac said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt took an unlikely alliance between longtime rivals to finally take down the league-leaders.Stars from San Beda and Letran conspired on Friday as they headlined the Saints’ takedown of Lyceum-powered Heroes in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, 84-80.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “The rivalry was suddenly gone,” said Red Lion Javee Mocon. “We really helped each other out to get the win against CJ Perez because they’re really strong.”The Saints forged a bond between the Red Lions, who had Mocon, Robert Bolick, and Davon Potts, and the Knights, who were represented by Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, as they, together with standouts from Perpetual, St. Benilde, and San Sebastian, dealt Perez his first taste of defeat this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But the players themselves said that the union really wasn’t difficult at all, sharing that being rivals is what actually made playing together easy.“Bolick and I have known each other since high school so we know each other’s games. We just enjoyed the game and it resulted well for us because we really had a chance to play together,” Nambatac said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “Actually our team is a strong unit as long as we follow our system, and we should move as one.”Reigning MVP Ben Mbala led all scorers with 25 points to go along 14 rebounds to lead La Salle while Santi Santillan added a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double.Rivero and Justine Baltazar came off the bench and had 26 points apiece to help La Salle’s cause.Alvin Pasaol, who put up a career-high 49 points in the first round against La Salle, managed 23 points and nine boards to lead UE while Mark Olayon had 18 points and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle is headed to the Final Four after brushing off University of the East, 99-78, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The defending champions Green Archers streaked to their fourth straight win to improve to 9- while the Red Warriors slipped to 3-8, but remained mathematically in contention for a semifinals spot.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set La Salle started to command respect as early as midway through the second quarter when it mounted a 22-6 run with Justine Baltazar capping it off with an off-balanced jumper that gave the Green Archers a 40-24 lead.That then ballooned to 27 points with 2:25 left in the third when Baltazar hit a triple that punctuated the Green Archers’ 11-3 run that put La Salle up 74-47.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd even though La Salle’s remaining games became mere formalities, Ricci Rivero said they shouldn’t think ahead and that they should remain focused on the eliminations.“We shouldn’t think ahead, and we should focus on just one game at a time,” said Rivero in Filipino who filled in for the post-game press conference as La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo snubbed it for the sixth time. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score